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Here is a skill for you to learn in order to improve your music skills: while you're improvising with a scale, momentarily move your line a half-step up or down to create tension. If you want to get more details about this method, continue reading to find out how to take some music lessons in Petal, MS.

Don Robinson
127 Bent Creek
Hattiesburg, MS
Instruments
Banjo, Guitar, Stand Up Bass
Styles
Folk - Country - Bluegrass
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$30
Years of Experience
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Music Masters Studio
(662) 401-3976
929 Bickerstaff ST
Tupelo, MS
 
Crossroads Music
(662) 890-2600
3451 Goodman Rd E
Southaven, MS
 
Children's Prep Music Studio
(601) 445-5980
800 Washington St
Natchez, MS
 
Suzuki Strings & Piano of Mississippi
(601) 852-2514
Edwards, MS
 
Don Robinson
127 Bent Creek
Hattiesburg, MS
Instruments
Banjo, Guitar, Stand Up Bass
Styles
Folk - Country - Bluegrass
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$30
Years of Experience
25 Years

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Schnell Ronald
(601) 852-2514
Edwards, MS
 
Phoenix Productions Inc
(228) 896-7996
1215 Pine St
Gulfport, MS
 
Music Studio the
(228) 255-1442
4376A Leisure Time Dr
Diamondhead, MS
 
Gisele's Studio
(601) 362-3622
4840 McWillie Cir
Jackson, MS
 
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Half-Step Slips By Michael Hoffman

Here's a great way to spice up your solos. The concept is simple: While you're improvising with a scale, momentarily move your line a half-step up or down to create tension. Slipping back to the original scale releases the tension. Moving up or down -- going out -- is easy. Getting back in smoothly takes a little practice.

Outside in. This example illustrates the process. Begin by playing A Dorian (A, B, C, D, E, F, G) over Am7 as notated. Notice how the line shifts to B Dorian (B, C, D, E, F, G, A) on the and of beat four. This tension-producing "half-step higher" state lasts through bar 2, beat three. The F passing tone (labeled PT) adds even more drama within B Dorian. After returning to A Dorian, the line drops to A Dorian (A, B, C, D, E, F, G) for four beats and then rejoins A Dorian for one final note.

Other flavors. Once you've learned this phrase, try giving major and dominant scales the half-step slip. For best results, establish the sound of the inside scale before you move outside -- and be sure to wind up back inside!

Listen to the Example

 

 

For more information on scales, chords, progressions, harmony, and MICHAEL HOFFMAN's book Serious Guitar, visit his Web site at www.seriousguitar.com.

 

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